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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
The relatively new Black IPA style, alternately called "Cascadian Dark Ale", celebrates the craft-brewing heritage and bountiful hop cultivation of the American Pacific Northwest. Brewers in "Cascadia" (Oregon, Washington, and Northern California) are fortunate to have the freshest and best hops close at hand, and brewing trends that originate there are often bold and hop-heavy in the extreme. Well we love hops, too! "Black Mirror" packs a whallop of American hops into every delcious sip. Brewed to double India Pale Ale strength (8.2% abv), it features an intense and beguiling hop aroma, bracing bitterness (calculated at over 100 IBU’s!), and a complex tangle of hop flavors like a sticky resinous bramble in an ominous shadowy forest of dark malt. Cascadia is really just a state of mind!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
At the brewery before the penn state Wisconsin game. Go Penn State. Pours a non translucent light black (is that possible) with a dark cream color head that lingers. Smell is of hope and roasted malt (I’m totally getting into this black ipa deal really like the ying yang of hop and roast). Taste is hops up front and well balanced with a carmelly roast malt and coffe finish. Another well done brew from this place. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
On tap @ Vintage. Pour is deep brown/black with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of light roast, pine, and light citrus. Flavor shows notes of caramel, dusted cocoa, florals and a touch of coffee. Overall body is lighter than I was expecting and the finish is nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Draft at VIntage. Deep brown-black body, beige head. Pronounced hop aroma. Not as crystal malt oriented as some, a tad watery. Big citrusy hops shine through the malt. Really well done, just a touch thin. Oily coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel. Solid execution, good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Tap. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt and roasty malt with light pine. Flavor is bitter pine and spruce hops with some chocolate malt. Mostly has a lot of bitter pine hops. Palate is super bitter and mouthwatering. Some charred feeling. Medium bodied. A bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours black with a creamy head that lasts. Hop & malt aroma, citrus, roasted. Moderate mall & hop flavor, citrus, light roast. Medium body, good hop bitterness. Nicely done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2011
10/22/11. On tap at the brewpub. Black pour, moreso deep red under the light, with a small tan head that sticks. Mostly roasted aroma of coffee and just a touch of citrus. Rich, roasted flavor as well with a bigger touch of citrusy hops. Good, but moreso a hoppy porter. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Sampled @ GLBF 2011. Pours dark brown with a slight caramelish note. Bitter, dry malty, caramelish and toffee. Bitter and dry hoppy. Light caramelish and bitter dry hoppy finish. Slight wooden and flat malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2011
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Western Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark cola brown colored brew with a thick and creamy beige head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toasted dark malts, some citrus hops and a hint of pine. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of doppelbock-style yeast, toasted chocolate malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Finish has some mild sweet aftertaste followed by more dark chocolate and a mild bitterness that slowly disappears.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Dark mahogany with a medium tan head and minor lacing. Aroma is of the forest floor – pine, resinous hops and cat pee with dark malts, caramel and chocolate. Taste is nicely balanced with pine, resinous and floral hops plus caramel, dark malts, light chocolate and alcohol. Smooth and super tasty with a moderate bitter finish. This is a stellar DBPA and because I wrote it my damn sampling notebook – it’s Tits!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a nice blackish hue, good opaque qualities with a ruby mohagany bottom that is lighter and shows glow. A frothy light brown head sits atop, a thicker ring with pretty good lacing. Aromas are roast, toast, dry citrus and piney hops. Some florals, toast, caramel. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps fuller, with lively dry grapefruit, citrus, pine and florals. Synergy with roast, toast, caramel. Dry piney qualities linger on, with moderate hops. Cocoa up front lingers on, bakers chocolate becomes a focal point as I get further in. Finish leaves dry hops, roast, and cocoa with a touch of coffee. Good dry finish, cleans up the bigger malt presence. Nice.

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